Zach, an avid cyclist, developed hip pain as was found to have femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) with labral tearing of both hips. He was treated with staged bilateral hip arthroscopic surgery for treatment of FAI and labral repair (including microfracture on the right for more extensive cartilage damage) and was kind to offer his thoughts and experience for other patients after undergoing the procedures.

“After two surgeries in just under two years, I am back to mountain biking and am almost pain free. In between my two surgeries, I spent a good deal of time hiking in the area where I hiked the entire Art Loeb Trail (31 miles) in a day and the Black Mountain Crest Trail out and back in a day (21 miles).

The recovery of my right hip was the greatest mental and physical challenge I have had to overcome. When going through a recovery like this it’s important to listen to your body and take it slow. Don’t focus on what you can’t do and be grateful for all of the small victories.

Biking is one of the biggest parts of my life and I am forever grateful that I can ride again. It was extremely difficult to fill that void. I did by focusing on my mental wellness, being outside, traveling, volunteering my time, and enjoying the present.”

– Zach L.

Arthroscopic hip surgery can address labral tearing, femoroacetabular impingement and early cartilage damage.